20 Oct Empower your pre-natal journey
They say it’s not what’s happening – or happened – to you in your life, it’s how you respond to it that matters. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all live life with this level of emotional rationale?
Well we can. And it’s not as difficult as it sounds.
In the not too distant past, an engineer named Gary Craig developed a method named Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, basing this on the work of US-based psychologist Roger Callahan.
Today, EFT is a self-help method gaining a bigger fan base, primarily because it allows anyone of any age to take control of their emotions and do just what the name of the practice suggests.
According to a paper by EFT practitioner Monika Benoit, EFT combines gentle touch with mindful attention to thoughts and feelings. It simply involves tapping with your fingertips on acupuncture/acupressure points on the face, hands and body while focusing on a problem or issue we wish to resolve. EFT allows us to release and transform the way feelings like guilt, fear, or anger may be affecting our bodies and our health. EFT can also be used to help transform the thoughts and beliefs behind our emotional experiences.
It is particularly useful for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive.
“Our emotions contribute to infertility, pregnancy discomforts, birthing pains and complications, difficulty nursing, and problems with postpartum healing,” says Ms Benoit in her paper. “EFT gives us a way to change the manner in which our emotions affect us; this allows us to enjoy our body’s natural state of well-being.
“Although scientific research is still deciphering the exact mechanics of how EFT works, what is astonishing is that it works so often and so thoroughly. The vast majority of people who try EFT often report feeling calmer, more balanced and able to breathe more easily – after just a few rounds of tapping. With the help of EFT it is possible notice, acknowledge, and transform how we feel and express our emotions.”
She goes on to say that EFT is easy to learn and incredibly flexible. With EFT, we can start to respond to our own emotional states and help ourselves feel better more quickly. Our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions affect our bodies and the way we live our lives. EFT is a tool that can we use to consciously make the changes we desire.
How is this so?
As emotions have an energy, releasing the uncomfortable ones changes our energy. For those familiar with acupuncture, EFT works with the body’s meridians – or pathways – as they are known in traditional Chinese medicine. These meridians can be accessed when specific locations on the body are stimulated.
“EFT can be thought of as ‘emotional acupuncture’ or ‘mindful acupressure’,” says Beboit. During the EFT process, the act of tapping directs kinetic energy through blocked energy channels (meridians), clearing them while simultaneously removing certain negative emotions.”
Furthermore, it’s easy to learn and incorporate into your every day life.
Flex’s Claudia Whitney, yoga instructor and new mother, is running a half-day workshop with Sarah Breidenbach, an AAMET certified EFT practitioner and yoga instructor. Suitable for women at all stages of pregnancy, participants can gain tools to support your physical, mental and emotional needs.
This workshop aims to also prepare you for childbirth and address or shift any of the natural anxiety that can arise during pregnancy. In this practice of Hatha Yoga and *EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), you will learn to manage discomfort by gaining strength, flexibility and self confidence and to consciously focus on the experience of the pregnancy so you can enjoy this journey.